Raphaël Varane to Manchester United, here we go!

Raphaël Varane to Manchester United is now a done deal. Real Madrid and Manchester United agree to €43 million deal for the 28-year-old French centre back.

People can finally say after 10 years that Raphaël Varane to Manchester United is a done deal. Manchester United fans will have an extra treat in this upcoming season with the Raphaël Varane deal done. Manchester United have continued to make waves in the transfer window with the signing of Real Madrid centre back Raphaël Varane. Various sources have confirmed that earlier in the day the Spanish club and Manchester United have agreed to a transfer fee of £34 million for the 28-year-old. This could rise to £42.7 million with add ons (about €43 million to €50 million).

The lower fee came down to the 28-year-old French centre back entering into the final year of his contract with Real Madrid. He had made it clear to Madrid and to boss Carlo Ancelotti that he would not be extending his contract. Varane indicated that he wanted a new challenge, even with the addiotnal perks offered by Madrid.

Varane will sign with Manchester United on a four-year contract with an option to extend until June 2026. He will earn £250,000 a week, the same salary as Harry Maguire. This deal has received the famed Fabrizio Romano “here we go!” and “deal done” that has become magic to every football fan’s ears. Romano has also confirmed that Varane will fly to Manchester this week and will have to quarantine for some days. After he quarantines, he will undergo his medical and the deal will be made official by early next week. So, no need to worry, especially after Manchester United released an official announcement announcing the deal in principle. But yes, we will be flooding the United admin with the “announce Varance” comments.

What this means for United:

Many fans are toasting the likes of John Murtough along with Darren Fletcher. The pair have become integral in helping Ole Gunnar Solskjær revamp his squad. The mess inherited by Solskjær from José Mourinho was toxic (my deepest sympathies to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling). After balking at the €120 million price tag for Jadon Sancho last summer, Murtough was able to get Sancho for €80 million. In this summer window alone, Manchester United have now obtained a world class right wing and world class centre back. He has also done so for approximately €107 million. Over three managers, fans have been calling for the Glazers to give him his main targets.

While United missed out on Sancho last year, no one can fault Solskjær and how he managed his team, as he led United to second place. This has only been the second time we have finished runner-up since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. In looking at who Solskjær has brought into the club, he has brought back the United culture. He had to remind the club exactly who we are. David Moyes was not ready for the role after Ferguson retired, Louis Van Gaal was the safe pick, but not the right one. The less said about the Mourinho era, the better. While some can point to “success” as trophies won by the latter two, there was no clear sign of progress. There were only short-term solutions for increasingly glaring issues. Let us be frank; the club had become lost. Everyone bristled under Mourinho, and he was sacked in December 2018.

Under Solskjær, the club is no longer bringing in players only interested in money (looking at you Alexis Sanchez, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao). Instead, Solskjær has brought in the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, and Bruno Fernandes, all of whom have helped massively improve the team since their arrivals. Solskjær helped raise the confidence of Mourinho outcasts Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw. At the same time, the Manchester United academy flourishes again. This can be seen by Solskjær giving debuts to players such as Mason Greenwood, Dean Henderson, and Brandon Williams. With Cavani and now Varane, Solskjær has brought in players who know what it takes to win and can inspire and lead the younger members of the squad.

Most importantly, Solskjær is bringing in players who are not only hungry but want to play for the badge. Jadon Sancho reportedly went to the Borussia Dortmund board in April and reminded them that he wanted to go to United. Reports indicate plenty of clubs, including PSG and Chelsea, had interest in Varane but he only wanted United. The chance to play in the Premier League for a top European club under Ole Gunnar Solskjær was too good for Varane, a boyhood Manchester United and Rio Ferdinand fan, to pass up. At 28, he is in his prime, and his partnership with Harry Maguire will give stability in the centre back position. This would be for the first time since Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club.

Our best teams had built formidable defences with great centre defenders leading from the back. From Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce to Ferdinand and Vidic, Maguire and Varane could become the next storied duo. Manchester United have not won a league title since the 2012/2013, and since then, fans have had to sit and watch as the likes of City, Chelsea, Leicester and even Liverpool lift the trophy. In case anyone forgot, we are Manchester United, and we never die. To steal a quote a famous 90s billboard featuring Eric Cantona: we have been punished for our mistakes. Now it is someone else’s turn.

Author: Tawfik

Favorite Manchester United players: Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona, and Marcus Rashford

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